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24 February 2020 - 30 Shevat 5780 - ל' שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Prague to return pieces of Jewish gravestones used as cobblestones E-mail

Pieces of Jewish gravestones used to pave sidewalks in the Czech Republic’s capital Prague will be given to the Jewish community to return to the city’s Old Jewish Cemetery.

Headstones from the 19thcentury cemetery were cut into cobblestones during roadwork ahead of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to Czechoslovakia in 1987, Radio Prague International reported. The cemetery is no longer used for burials.

The Czech Jewish community has called for the removal and return of the stones for years.

Stones uncovered during future excavation work will be returned under the memorandum signed by Prague City Hall, according to Radio Prague International.

A majority of the stones, made from gravestones that were cut into squares, are situated at the base of Wenceslas Square, one of Prague’s main squares, and on Na Prikope, a popular shopping street.

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